GUEST BLOG: YOU WRITE WHAT? by M.L. BuchmanThursday, August 16, 2012 10:00
Every romance author on the planet has been pinioned to the wall by the honed daggers of that question. Sometimes it is startlement that they’re actually “one of those” authors. Then, of course, the unasked questions: Is it smutty? Is it because you have such an awful marriage that you’re trying to escape. Of course, the answer to these questions is, “Hopefully!” and “What are you thinking?!” You try to explain that you’re just a person and some of us are luckier than others.
Right there’s where my path diverges from most. Here’s where I pop in and say just how totally off the deep end I am in love my wife and suddenly my maleness becomes the sole topic. Now, “You write what?!” earns that exclamation point and only expands the bewilderment.
I’ve learned a couple things from being a male writing in a mostly women’s world.
- These ladies have a seriously fun job. I get to make up worlds and characters. I get to write sex scenes and spend a lot of time thinking about falling in love. Damn, but that’s fun.
- Something can be embarrassing or fun, it just depends on how you look at it. Imagine if you came to my office. I lead a department that designs and delivers high-volume print jobs. It’s fast, it’s technical, and involves many computer nerds. And what’s sitting on the corner of my desk? Copies of the first two books of “The Night Stalkers” sporting hunky men and scantily clad soldier women. It took me a while to learn that if I treated it as fun, it was fun. I’ve had other departmental managers stop meetings at my desk while they read aloud a choice passage from one of my books to their staff. Do I blush or do I sit back wearing a foolish grin? I used to do the former, but I’ve learned the latter is more fun.
- I’ll grant that it’s military romantic suspense, but as many men as women pick it up from my desk. I’ve heard there’s a huge surge of men reading romance, now that they can do it on their e-reader without the, perhaps, lurid cover. That’s great and I try to keep that in mind as I write. I want the men to aspire to make themselves someone that an amazing woman could want to love that much. And to show women even half as magnificent as I see them.
- I’ve always been a romantic mush and the biggest thing about becoming a romance author, male or otherwise, is that I get to truly revel in it.
What do you revel in? I’d love to hear. And please check out the Contest Page on my website. By following along my blog tour for the month of August, you will have multiple chances to win a signed copy of I Own the Dawn.